Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai , but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese ‘hellships’ which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a whaling ship. He was taken to Japan and then forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later a nuclear bomb dropped just ten miles away . . .
This is the extraordinary story of a young men, conscripted at nineteen and whose father was a Somme Veteran, survived not just one, but three close encounters with death - encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.
©2010 Alistair Urquhart (P)2010 Hachette Digital
A simply horrofying story! I am amazed that this man did not die, or went insane!
Never in my wilded fantasy did I think the Japanese was this cruel. READ IT! It is an eyeopener. Only critical point is that the book is abridged. I would have liked to read the entire book, as the story seems a bit short.
Say something about yourself!
I fell in love with Alistair Urquhart. I cried and cheered and I learned so much more about WW2 than I thought possible in one man's story. That he was still dancing 5 days a week at age 90 (2010) is a testimony to his strength of mind and body. 3 hours and 14 minutes that I highly recommend.
This story is so horrific that I will make you cringe. Very happy to have been lucky enough to miss all of that savagery. This books made me reflect on what comfort en dignity i enjoy in my life.
I did not read the printed version.
It is a mind blowing story, the narration is spot on and the grit that got those men through really does come out in the story. There is only one really main character.
It is mind blowing, the narration is spot on and the grit that got those men through really does come out in the story.
Aside from being a story that conjours up horrific scenes of suffering and resilience, this story is extremely well narrated and takes you there with detailed descriptions.
This is one remarkable, eye-opening story. It is life-changing in that the experience of the author helps to put things into perspective; so often we get upset over insignificant things.
"amazing story from a very brave proud man."
just listen to it! an amazing true story from an equally amazing man. I dont jnow what else to say, just listen to it.
I love this genre and have read many accounts of POW survivors but this is really excellent. Well paced with just enough detail to draw you in without getting bogged down in trivia but also shockingly frank. Alistair Urquhart could be anyone's grandfather and has recorded a very moving account of his internment including moments of bravery and cowardice. Wonderful!
"this is good"
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and got a bit of history to boot.
"A Remarkable story"
A gripping book written by an amazing man written when he was 90 after keeping silent for nearly 70 years about the horrendous treatment he and hundreds of others suffered at the hands of the Japanese. The writing conjures up pictures so sharp you would think the events took place recently. Apart from the horrors of life as a prisoner of the Japanese the callous treatment the men received on returning to GB is a revelation and does the reputation of the men in power after WW2 no credit at all. A moving, harrowing and fascinating tale of great courage beautifully read.
"Echoes of Savage Times Past."
The gentle drama of the authors' war, prisoner of war experiences.
There are several; marching and riding to the 'Death Railway' also the journey in 'The Hell Ships'. Surviving the second Atom Bomb.
The apparent calm of the author. The events are delivered in a 'Matter of Fact' style, very successfully
This Story Undermines 'Bridge on the River Kwai' in so many ways.
A marvellous, long overdue narrative, from 75 plus years ago. It really lifts the lid on so many cans of worms, which have in many ways, have been left unsaid.
I highly recommend this book, it's an incredible personal story. It's very well produced, too.
This story has remained hidden until now. It needed to be told!This is the real story of the Men who were forced to work on the Burma railway, the story previously told in 'The Bridge over the River Kwai', but as Alistair says, 'we didn't have khaki uniforms, we were naked, and no one had the strength to whistle Colonel Bogie'.
"Amazing and shocking!"
Exceptionally well written and narrated
A very frank and detailed account of his appauling ordeal
All aspects of this book were very interesting and easy to listen to
This book made me very proud of our forgotten hero and very upset at his treatment
I highly recommend this book to anyone. I enjoyed listening to Mr Urquhart's experiences as a POW of the Japanese, but was equally shocked at his treatment at the hands of his captures and also by our own Government upon is return. A real eye opener and very moving
"Humbled and awestruck"
Incomprehensible, astonishing, inspiring
Alistair, for obvious reasons!
Enjoy is the wrong word but what was endured in the punishment pit, must have been suffering so far, way, way beyond, anything I've ever experienced, I simply can't comprehend it. To have made it through that alone is a truly astonishing feat of resiliance.
Yes, enlightening about people: the ingratitude of the privilaged, the sadism of those in power and how kind and amasingly resiliant some people can be.
Great book. If only more of his generation shared their thoughts but I understand why they do not.
"Unforgettable and an insight of The Forgotten Army"
One of the best I have heard
the way that it lead from one area to the next
I did I had tears in my eyes
I was very glad I had ordered it
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